The grant will enable the purchase of assessment tools for therapists to identify babies at risk of cerebral palsy and divert them to appropriate early intervention services. It will also fund communication devices and interfaces, mobility equipment for greater independence, and specialised board and card games to help young children build social interaction skills.
Cerebral palsy affects around 17 million people worldwide. Those living with the lifelong physical disability may have difficulty walking, communicating and performing daily tasks such as eating and getting dressed without assistance.
CPA’s Nowra and Wollongong Therapy Manager, Tana Dunsire said that the resources would support more than 115 Nowra children, adults and their families each year.
“The equipment purchased with the grant will assist people with disabilities to set and achieve their individual goals, enjoy a better quality of life and participate more fully in their communities,” Ms Dunsire said.
“We are grateful to SUEZ for this opportunity to grow our capacity and improve our communication and physical therapy in fun and engaging ways for those in our care.”
SUEZ’s South Coast Branch Manager, Brendan Jeffcott visited CPA’s Nowra centre on Thursday 5 December, enjoying the opportunity to see its work in action and present a commemorative plaque to the site.
“CPA is helping residents with neurological and physical disabilities in the region to achieve mental and physical wellbeing, and to live their most comfortable, independent and inclusive lives,” Mr Jeffcott said.
“We are thrilled to support the organisation’s valuable work and enable it to extend its impact for those people and families in our community living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities,” he added.
The project supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by reducing inequalities through social inclusion of vulnerable groups and providing equitable access to lifelong learning opportunities.
In the last six years, the SUEZ Community Grants program has provided close to $1 million in funding to community organisations and projects across Australia that help communities and the environment thrive.
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